Former Sopranos actor and Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF) teen rehab interventionist Joe Brat spoke to at-risk children and teens about how drugs could ruin your life. Brat told the kids from the Ball Stars camp to shoot for the stars and promised them that they can be anyone they want to be.
Brat does interventions for Inspirations for Youth and Families Teen rehab, the premier adolescent addiction treatment center in the nation. Brat is considered to be one of the most prolific interventionists in the nation – having successfully performed thousands from both coasts and in between. Together with Inspirations leading teen addiction treatment center, both Brat and IYF make a formidable team in their effort to save teens lives.
This is the second year IYF has worked with former NBA New Jersey Net basketball legends Otis Birdsong and Michael Ray Richardson. IYF has been active supporting Ball Stars through educational public speaking engagements for the at-risk kids and teens throughout Palm Beach County. In the past IYF has had some of their teens in rehab perform educational skits for the campers to teach them important lessons about abstaining from drugs and alcohol as well as the dangers of joining a gang.
“Inspirations has been active working in professional sports with the Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins and other South Florida organizations and associations,” said Karen Corcoran-Walsh, founder of Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab as well as the Cove Center for Recovery drug and alcohol rehab for adults. “Ball Stars is a natural extensions for what we do and who we are as a company, treatment center and civic partner in the community.”
The event took place in Riviera Beach at the Max M. Fisher Boys and Girls Club.
Ball Stars Youth Camp, now entering its 7th year, is a free camp provided to under-served children and teens in the local community between the ages of 8-17. Over 90% of the campers are from single-parent and/or low-income households and this unique summer program educates youth both in basketball and important life skills.
Ball Stars is a NBA sanctioned basketball camp run by NBA legends and all stars Michael Ray Richardson and Otis Birdsong.